“The Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at the University of Stuttgart has an opening for three positions (two PhD students and one Postdoc) to work in the context of the newly established interdisciplinary research group E-DELIB (Powering up e-deliberation: towards AI-supported moderation)  headed by Gabriella Lapesa  and funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research .
Turning citizens from voters into decision makers is the signature feature of direct democracy. In this context, the Internet makes it possible for direct democracy to reach out to a larger public, thus favoring emergent collaborative phenomena. E-deliberation is a digitally augmented version of direct democracy, which exploits technological innovations to enable the general public to participate in decisions that are usually made by members of parliaments, city administrations, etc. Participating in such decisions means making concrete proposals, discussing them, and converging on one or more options that can then be voted for or against. E-DELIB aims at developing Natural Language Processing solutions to support e-deliberation. The end product will be a prototype of a NLP moderator for e-deliberation which will help to keep user discussions coherent and goal-oriented. At the same time, its objective is to ensure that every voice is heard and everybody has the chance to contribute to decision making.
E-DELIB is looking for candidates with a Natural Language Processing background (at different levels of expertise, see below) with a strong drive for interdisciplinary work and who are team players with an independent spirit in research.”
background in Computational Social Sciences, (Computational) Political Science, Digital Humanities or similar interdisciplinary fields
The positions will be available for four years, starting in October 2020 or soon thereafter . The salary is according to the German university pay scale (TV-L 13 100%, approx. 50k EUR per year before taxes for the PhD students. See  for details and/or get in touch if you need more information).